Evolution of Movie Formats over the Last 20 Years

Movie have underground a tremendous amount of changes and improvements over the past 20 years. From changes to the movie format, to improvement in video quality, the technological advancements used in the movie have completely changed the way we look at movies from over 2 decades ago.

Over the years, a number of new movie formats have arrived. These are a representation of the containers and codec’s that are required to play them. Let’s take a look at all the different movie formats that have changed the Hollywood over the past 20 years:


Audio Video Interleave (.avi)

One of first video formats developed by Microsoft way back in the time of Windows 3.1 was the .avi format. The popularity of the format might have waned over the years due to poor picture quality in comparison to other formats in recent years, but the legacy of this format will keep going forever.

.mp4 and .m4v

Apple created a new movie format .m4v as an extension of the MPEG-4 file format to distribute video content from their iTunes store. This resulted in a number of non-Apple devices being unable to play this content. Mp4 was another file format released at the same time which was similar to m4v and was also a part of the MPEG-4 community.

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QuickTime (.movor .qt)

Apple also launched its own movie format, QuickTime to support a range of different of codec’s. Like the AVI format launched by Microsoft, QuickTime was also launched a number of years ago by Apple and was on the brink of extension due to better quality video formats until Apple decided to release a Mavrick update to the file format to include h.124 format also which allowed to include high definition as well.


Blu-Ray is the latest file formats available for the developers to make their videos and movies. This file format provides the developers with a better data compression rate at a good speed against all previous file formats which allow them to store videos in High Definition formats including 1080p.

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Advanced Video Coding, High Definition (AVCHD)

AVCHD was the first movie format with allowed data compression with h.264. It was presented to us when collaboration happened between Sony and Panasonic to create a new format for the digital camcorders. This movie format allowed you to support standard as well as high definition print variants. HD prints includes 720p and 1080p which was never used before at 60 frames per second in 3D modes as well.